EU Calculator: trade-offs and pathways towards sustainable and low-carbon European Societies

The European Calculator (EU Calc) project aims to allow an informed debate around the 2050 European competitive low-carbon economy and a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy as well as engage stakeholders from short-term participation to long-term research participation/collaboration.

The European Calculator (EU Calc) project will develop a smart, novel, and innovative open-source modelling-tool based on empirical information about human behaviour, resource constraints and performance of innovative technologies at European Member State level plus Switzerland.

The web-tool will be based on a multi-sector approach (power and heat generation, transport, industry, buildings, agriculture and food and the underlying lifestyle choices of Europe‘s citizens) co-designed between scientific and societal actors. The “Transition Pathways Explorer” will relate emissions reduction with human lifestyles, the exploitation and / or conservation of natural resources, job creation, energy production, agriculture, costs, etc. and be underpinned by comprehensive trade-off analyses, which will support informed decision-making. Users will be able to create their own decarbonisation pathways online and directly visualise European and Member State greenhouse gas emissions and their relation to current and future climate development and policies.

Finally, a common platform (Wiki) will be developed where science, policy and civil society stakeholders can share and test their understanding of the interaction between climate change, resource utilisation and evolving policy targets.

The goals are to allow an informed debate around the 2050 European competitive low-carbon economy and a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy as well as engage stakeholders from short-term participation to long-term research participation/collaboration.

For more information, a website will soon be available.

Instrument: Research and Innovation Action (RIA)

Total EU contribution: 5,283,351.25€

Duration: 3 years from November 2016-2019

The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 730459.

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